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The Bench, out on June 8, will explore the father-son bond seen through the eyes of a mother. The Bench “touchingly captures the evolving and expanding relationship between fathers and sons and reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family," a statement from Penguin Random House reads.
In a statement, Meghan revealed that the children's book began as a poem she wrote for her husband on Father's Day the month after their son Archie was born. "That poem became this story," she said.
While the book is inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's family, the illustrations—drawn by Caldecott Award-winning artist Christian Robinson—depict families of all backgrounds.
"Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens," Meghan said. "My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the make up, as much as it does with mine."
Meghan will also narrate the audiobook version, in case you want the Duchess of Sussex to read your children a bedtime story. The audiobook will be released in the U.S. and Canada through the Listening Library.
The crossover is fitting, as reading books appears to be a part of the Sussex family's routine. In an Instagram video, Meghan read Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal to her son. Oprah had gifted Archie that particular book when he was born—it came complete with an "Archie's Book Club" sticker!
Follow up The Bench by reading other Sussex-approved children's books with your little one. In the video of Meghan reading to Archie, the books Mommy Hugs by Georg Hallensleben and Anne Gutman and Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino can be spotted in the background.
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